Children and families depend on legal, social welfare, juvenile justice, and health care. Improving these and other systems is a goal of the Civitas ChildLaw Center’s Policy Institute.

The Policy Institute helps underrepresented children and families by:

  • Developing and promoting child-centered laws, policies and practices
  • Building coalitions and partnerships
  • Promoting the increased use of interdisciplinary collaboration
  • Using child development principles in fashioning policies relating to children and families.

In addition, the Institute serves as a resource for lawyers, judges, legislators, public officials, child welfare specialists, health professionals, educators, social scientists, and others.